By Amy Porter, Take Ten Volunteer and Seminar Student
Our culture of violence creates a canvas on which we, teachers of Take Ten, can paint our curriculum. Without this canvas, I think it would be difficult not only to teach but for our teaching efforts to be effective. Because our culture is full of violence, the children in Take Ten have a basis of knowledge (the canvas) in which to apply our curriculum. When we talk to them about conflicts and violence, they have experiences or examples that come to mind, most often instantly. Then, when we teach them methods to approach and deal with conflict and violence, they can, and hopefully will, utilize these methods within their own lives. If there were little or no violence in our society, providing them with these tools would be pointless.